Smart Homes: Perceptive, Responsive, and Autonomous
Smart Homes go beyond simply connecting things. Smart Homes seamlessly deliver amazing new experiences in the places we live. Intel is accelerating the Smart Home transformation with innovations that simplify everyday tasks, enrich daily life, and provide greater peace of mind in the home.
The number of connected devices in the typical home is expected to grow to 35 to 50 in the next few years. Meanwhile, virtual reality, 4K video streaming, immersive online gaming, and other bandwidth-demanding activities are exploding in popularity. As new devices and Smart Home experiences transform domestic life, they also place major burdens on home networks.
Consumers expect consistent and flawless connectivity for every device and online experience they bring into their homes. Intel and its partners are making home networks faster, smarter, and more secure with advanced home networking and wireless technologies that deliver seamless, high-performance connectivity for our digital lives.
There’s a reason 60.5 million Americans, use a virtual assistant like Alexa, Apple's Siri, or Microsoft's Cortana at least once a month (source: eMarketer/TechCrunch): people like the frictionless interaction of speech and are rapidly adding it to their day-to-day lives. Speech recognition is more than just a novelty – it has become a clear competitive advantage.
Getting devices to listen, converse and learn at high degrees of speed and accuracy requires significant engineering. Natural language means machines need to clearly recognize and respond to user commands from a reasonable conversation distance, perceive intent and wake up when it hears keywords. With its partners, Intel is bringing natural language to the smart home.
Vision will bring us closer to autonomy by being able to understand the context of what is happening in and around the home. More than 60 percent of human brain function involves sight. Similarly, computer vision—a device's ability to visually sense understand, and respond to the environment—is key to being able to detect and recognize objects, people, and events.
From low-power sensors to high-resolution facial recognition, vision technology helps our homes detect humans, determine if they are taking certain actions (such as jumping or walking toward or away from the sensor), and even identify certain hand or arm gestures. Technologies like 3D cameras and visual processors will accelerate the Smart Home.
Imagine if your home could think. Once your home has the ability to hear, see, and perceive, it needs to be able to analyze all the data to determine how to respond. The ability to think, to understand context, requires serious computing horsepower. Cognition is the context-aware intelligence that makes a Smart Home smart—to use human-like reasoning to understand complex situations, predict intent and act autonomously. Cognitive platforms such as Intel’s Saffron, Nervana and Movidius make local analysis possible across IoT and help advance state-of-the-art Smart Home technologies.
Connecting Our Homes to an Autonomous Future
Intel is creating the foundational building blocks that break down the barriers to smart home adoption and help you get to market faster.